Cardinal Maradiaga’s explanation does not compute

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 26, 2017

A Catholic university in Honduras has been sending $40,000 or more monthly to Cardinal Maradiaga, who chairs the Council of Cardinals. Hmmm.

Don’t worry; the archdiocese explains; the funds were not intended for the cardinal’s personal use; they were for the general needs of the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa. Oh, all right then.

But wait a minute. How does a Catholic university, in an impoverished country, have $40,000 a month to spare? We’ve all heard of Catholic schools that are subsidized by the local diocese. But have you ever heard of a Catholic diocese subsidized by a local school?

Does not compute.

There may be an innocent explanation for the funds pouring into Cardinal Maradiaga’s accounts. This isn’t it.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jan. 04, 2018 1:06 AM ET USA

    He is a buddy of Pope Francis. What more explanation is needed?